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Tributes paid to crash teenagers killed in Cheshire

William Paton (l) and William Sheppard who were killed when their car veered off the A34 Handforth Bypass on Boxing Day
Image caption William Paton (l) and William Sheppard were killed on Boxing Day

The families of two teenagers who were killed when their car crashed into a field in Cheshire have paid tribute to them.

Driver William Paton, 19, and friend William Sheppard, 18, were in a Volkswagen Golf which veered off the A34 Handforth Bypass on Boxing Day.

The Paton family said: "Will was a very special son, brother and boyfriend who will be sorely missed."

The Sheppards said their son had given them 18 years of "absolute joy".

"Words cannot express how much we love William and how much we will all miss him," they added.

"We will never forget him and we will hold him in our hearts for the rest of our lives."

Mr Paton was from Handforth and Mr Sheppard from nearby Cheadle.

Police believe the pair, both former pupils at Bramhall High School in Stockport, had been going home after a night out at the Parrs Wood entertainment complex in Didsbury.

Two other men freed themselves from the car and were taken to Wythenshawe Hospital, south Manchester.

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